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The Brookdale Foundation Group


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Publications are free; however, please limit requests to one copy of each per organization.

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How to Start and Manage a Group Activities and Respite Program for People with Alzheimer's Disease and Their Families: A Guide for Community-Based Organizations
3rd Edition. The Brookdale Foundation, 1997. 74 pages
This guide covers the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of a community-based group respite program for cognitively impaired persons and their caregivers.

Relatives Raising Children: A Guide to Finding Help and Hope
Marianne Takas, J.D. 166 pages, Third Edition 2005
This book is based upon what long-term relative caregivers (and family services professionals who work with them) have learned about raising relative children. It is designed to provide useful information, strategies, and ideas and to help link you with others who can help. Marianne Takas has worked on behalf of children as an attorney, a youth worker, a parent and a foster parent.



Field of Themes: 100 Activities for Our Senior Friends
by Barbara Fister and Sylvia Valentine

This user-friendly manual is a creative collection of 100 theme-based activities designed for social day programs and other groups settings. Each theme is based on a four-hour program that offers opportunities for organized and spontaneous interaction including socialization, exercise, fine motor activities, games and special projects.




How To Plan and Implement an Early Memory Loss Program
by Kristin Einberger and Janelle Sellick

This how-to-guide outlines a successful, innovative social day program model that addresses the special needs of people with early memory loss (EML). This EML program emphasizes memory enhancement through cognitive stimulation, education and socialization. The manual provides a practical, step-by-step approach to planning and developing this supportive program.




Promising Practices in Encouraging & Supporting Grandparents and Relatives
This publication, a collaboration of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) and the Brookdale Foundation, is intended to make the aging network across the nation aware of important and successful Relatives as Parents Programs (RAPPs) operated by Area Agencies on Aging.

We hope this guidebook will encourage the replication of RAPP supportive services to relative caregivers by the many Area Agencies on Aging that serve older adults.

Note, hard copies of this publication are not available; however, you may download the guidebook here.


Rural RAPPSDeveloping Rural Relatives As Parents Programming: Promising Practices- A Collection of Practice Wisdom from Across Rural America was written by the University of Maine Center on Aging and funded by The Brookdale Foundation Group. The manual provides Relatives as Parents Programs (RAPPs) with a thorough review of the strengths, needs, and challenges of rural kinship caregivers, as well as practical tips on serving rural grandfamilies.

 The information in the manual is based on a combination of published research and extensive surveys and interviews with both service providers and kinship caregivers. Service providers offered input about the unique needs of their rural clients, barriers rural clients may face in accessing services, and strategies that they have used to help their clients. Kinship caregivers across the country offered insight as to what makes great programming for rural grandfamilies. The result of this effort is a collaborative and comprehensive manual showcasing many of the promising practices in use across the country.

The complete publication is available for download at no charge by clicking here. Professionals in any field that work with grandparents raising grandchildren or other kinship caregivers are encouraged to utilize this manual to better support rural grandfamilies.

For questions or more information on the manual, contact Jennifer Crittenden at jennifer.crittenden@umit.maine.edu or by phone at 207-262-7923.


GrandFactsGrandFacts: Data, Interpretation, and Implications For Caregivers
One million American children live in grandparent-headed households in which their parents are not present, effectively skipping a generation. These little-known families face unique challenges, highlighted in this new report.

The information in GrandFacts: Data, Interpretation, and Implications For Caregivers, will be a vital tool for national, state and local policymakers, as well as agencies providing services to grandfamilies nationwide.

This report points to the need to learn more about the caregivers and children in skipped generation grandfamilies.


Key findings about skipped generation grandfamilies include:

These findings – which highlight the sub-group of skipped generation grandparents – came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest national sample, the 2005-2007 American Community Survey’s three-year estimates.

The report was made possible with funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Brookdale Foundation Group. The complete publication is available for download at no charge by clicking here.


The Brookdale National Group Respite Program
An overview of the program established to meet the needs of persons with dementia and their caregivers. Includes information on the Brookdale Model, Community Collaborations, Participant Profiles, Partnerships and more.

The Brookdale Relatives as Parents Program
An overview of the program established to help meet the needs of grandparents and other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of parenting in the absence of biological parents.